"Lost in Translation"
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artists: Joe Bennett (p), Jack Jadson (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
As Captain America adjusts to the idea that he's one the verge of entering into a relationship with the Scarlet Witch which they both concede is fraught with the potential to sour, we see the Falcon has been taking steps to protect the people that he believes will be targeted by the group looking to bring him to justice on a trumped up charge. However, things take a worrisome turn when Captain America learns things may not be what they appeared to be.
I'm a little wary about the idea that there are elements of the story that might be illusions that aren't really happening, but I have to say there is something utterly engaging about the notion of the normally unflappable Captain America being so seriously off his game thanks to haunting visions from his past, and plot developments that may be playing out entirely in his head. I mean one of the main reasons why I've never fully embraced Captain America is due largely to the fact that he's the near perfect hero, whose very nature doesn't really leave much room for the character to make mistakes. In fact if nothing else I like the fact that this issue also takes the time to play with the one chink in the character's armor, as the idea that Captain America was born in another era doesn't get nearly as much play as it should. If nothing else this issue manages to raise some serious doubts about one's ability to trust that Captain America will make the right choice, and the fact that he's being subjected to multiple illusions makes it easy to believe he'll be intentionally lead down the wrong path. Plus the last page of the issue reveals the likely culprit for Captain America's messed up mental state, and I have to say it's a fun revelation. As for the other half of this book's cast, we see the Falcon continues to display his edgier attitude, and the book smartly addresses the idea that his behaviour is out of character by having characters state as much, and one is left to wonder if Sam might also be operating under the mental influence of a third party.
Joe Bennett opens the issue with a memorable visual of the Scarlet Witch passed out of Captain America's couch that nicely teases the readers with the idea that this seemingly unlikely pairing has taken the next step. The rest of the issue is largely talking heads, but the art keeps things visually engaging by continually shifting the perspective, and offering up a nice range of facial expressions, as how can one not love the Falcon's crazed expression as he advances toward Norman. The art also nicely captures Captain America's confusion when he learns that the Scarlet Witch doesn't seem to share his memories of the previous night. The last page also offers up a wonderful visual teaser, as Joe Bennett takes what could've been a goofy moment, and turns it into something truly disturbing, as I don't think I've ever seen this character looking quite so hideous.
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